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  • 1. TELESALES PRINCIPLES
    • Morsy
  • 2. AGENDA
    • “ I” The Basics
      • 1. Attitude
      • 2. Drive
      • 3. Confidence
      • 4. Listening
      • 5. Verbal & Vocal Skills
      • 6. Preparation
      • 7. Call Handling Technique
      • 8. Complaint Handling Technique
  • 3. AGENDA
    • “ II” The Sale
      • The psychology of a Sale
      • In-coming Calls
      • Out-going Calls
      • Planning Calls
      • Targets
      • Verbal buying Signals
      • Closing
  • 4. The Basics “ I”
  • 5. 1. YOUR ATTITUDE
    • Enjoy selling
    • Dress for success
    • Become Customer Focused
    • 'Own the problem‘
    • Be enthusiastic
  • 6. YOUR ATTITUDE
    • Nobody wants to deal with a 'misery' on the phone
    • Remember that the phone dilutes and diffuses. So you often have to work hard to avoid sounding 'down in the dumps'.
  • 7. Your Attitude
    • Regardless of circumstances, you always control your own attitude.
    • Your attitude can improve the worst situation - or ruin the best one.
    • Successful people consciously choose a positive attitude.
  • 8. 2. YOUR DRIVE
    • Set goals for personal achievement
      • Don't just use the company target.
      • Number of calls you can make  number of appointments or sales you achieve.
      • It is a % above target or % improvement.
    • Challenge others in the team to a Challenge “contest”.
    • Reward yourself for achievement.
  • 9. YOUR DRIVE
    • Get going early in the day
    • Get some success to start the day
      • Success breeds success
    • Plan the night before
    • Have a positive expectation
  • 10. 3. YOUR CONFIDENCE
    • Have TOTAL belief in your products and/or services
      • If you don't believe in your products or services, how can you expect the customers to believe in them?
    • Uncertainty breeds uncertainty
    • Knowledge brings confidence
    • Think of the value to the customer
    • Ask for letters of reference to boost your confidence and to use with prospects
  • 11. YOUR CONFIDENCE
    • Stand up to make or take important calls
      • Standing up will make you more lively and enthusiastic.
      • You can be more expressive, assertive and positive
      • You will sound more confident.
    • The brain thinks up to 3 times faster when you are standing up
    • You can be more forceful
    • You will feel more alert
    • It stops interruptions from other people, because they can see that you are making an important call
  • 12. 4. YOUR LISTENING SKILLS
    • The greatest myth in selling
    • “ There is a myth in selling those salespeople must have the gift of the gab”
        • this is not true.
    • Do we recognize the glib, slick, fast talking salesperson? ... YES!
      • Do we like them? ... NO!
      • Do we trust them? ... NO!
      • Do we buy from them? ... NO!
        • They are recognized, disliked and generally not trusted - it is bad selling.
  • 13. YOUR LISTENING SKILLS
    • Don't be a 'motor-mouth'!
      • There are some salespeople who believe that you should 'hit the phone with your mouth running'. Not so!
    • It has been said 'When God created man he was fully equipped for selling and given two ears and one mouth'.
      • We should use them in the same ratio.
  • 14. YOUR LISTENING SKILLS
    • Why should we listen?
      • You need to find out about your customer
      • you can't sell until you know
      • you can't know until you listen
      • You will pick up clues about what they want that will help you to sell to them.
  • 15. YOUR LISTENING SKILLS
    • How should we listen?
      • Avoid interrupting
      • Listen out loud!
        • Yes, I see - Oh, really? - Uh - uh ­
      • Ask little 'prod' questions
      • Repeat back their words as a question
        • You don't like them?‘
      • Listen to good radio presenters interviewing; how do they demonstrate to their listeners that they are listening?
  • 16. 5. VERBAL & VOCAL SKILLS
    • The telephone is non-visual
      • In normal face to face dialogue, research has shown that communication is:
        • 7% the words we say
        • 38% the way we say them
        • 55% non verbal signals
    Clearly you can only use the first two when you are on the phone (until the age of video phones) so you are potentially only operating at 45% effectiveness; unless you compensate by making more use of the other two.
  • 17. VERBAL & VOCAL SKILLS
    • They can't see you - you can't see them
    • You can't show them products or literature
    • They can't see that you are sincere
    • You can't see their reactions
    • But you still have to:
    • Present your ideas to them
    • Get their feedback
    • Know how it's going
    • Know when to move on
    • Know when to ask for the order
  • 18. VERBAL & VOCAL SKILLS
    • Focus on the voice
    • Be warm and sincere
    • Use the voice to build trust
    • Don't speak too quickly
    • Don't mumble
    • Don't SHOUT
    • Lower the voice for maturity
  • 19. VERBAL & VOCAL SKILLS
    • Avoid Negative Language
      • Possibly - maybe – perhaps
      • We might be able to do this
      • I hope that will be OK
      • If you decide to buy it ...
    • Use Positive Language
      • I am sure that will do the job
      • I know we can get that for you
      • I'm certain you'll be pleased with this
      • Once you've taken delivery
    • Ask questions to keep control and get feedback
  • 20. 6. PREPARATION
    • Be prepared for questions you may be asked.
    • Know your products Get to know all the products (if you sell a vast range, know where to find the information)
  • 21. PREPARATION
    • Know the features, the advantages over other products and the potential benefits to the customer
      • Know what makes them superior and how to justify the price
    • Know your company/your suppliers' companies
      • Its track record
      • Company procedures and policies
      • Delivery times
      • Pricing
      • Terms of business
      • Where to go for help!
  • 22. 7. CALL HANDLING TECHNIQUE
    • Four types of in-coming call
        • 1 Orders
        • 2 Inquiries about products/services
        • 3 General queries about orders/accounts, etc
        • 4 Complaints
    • In this section we will look at the techniques for handling in-coming calls that apply to all of the above types.
  • 23. First impressions last!
    • Answering the phone correctly is vital.
    • When you answer the phone, you don't know:
      • Who is calling
      • Where they are from
      • What they want
      • Whether they have ever called your company before
      • What mood they are in
  • 24. It could be that they …
    • Are wanting to place the biggest order in your company's history
    • Have just been let down by your major competitor
    • Are giving you your last chance to put something right before they go to one of your competitors
    • Have just seen an advertisement, and know nothing else about you
    • Whatever the reason you will never get a second chance to make a positive first impression!
  • 25. CALL HANDLING TECHNIQUE
    • You will make an impression of some kind! What will it be?
      • Harassed, busy and 'Let's get it over‘
        • Warm and friendly
      • Distant, cold, uninterested
        • Professional and helpful
    • The telephone is the window through which customers see your company.
    • Answer the phone in 2 - 3 rings
    • Getting it right is vital
  • 26. Use the correct sequence
    • For Reception/switchboard - cheerful greeting
    • Greeting - 'Good morning'/'Good afternoon‘
    • Company name
    • Greeting ('Good morning') - they have a chance to 'tune in' to your voice
    • Company/dept name ('Sales office') - they know they've got the right place!
    • Your name ('you're speaking to A/an') - people deal with people, not companies
    • Ask a question (‘what can we do for you?) - it gets them talking
    • - you then know how to help them
  • 27. CALL HANDLING TECHNIQUE
    • Find out who's calling - ASK - SPELL - REPEAT 1 Ask their name 'May I ask your good name, please?’ 2 Check the spelling - Their name will be appearing on letters, quotes, proposals, orders, delivery notes and invoices; get the name wrong, and you may not get as far as the last three items! 3 Write it down for accuracy
  • 28. CALL HANDLING TECHNIQUE
    • Find out who's calling - ASK - SPELL - REPEAT 4 Check the pronunciation - If you are going to use their name, then you need to get it right to avoid annoying them (they will correct you early on without embarrassment) 5 Use their name in the conversation
  • 29. CHECK YOUR CALL HANDLING TECHNIQUE
    • It is the sweetest sound in the world to them - You are building rapport - It is part of the 'massaging' process
    • Don't let customers overhear what they shouldn't
    • Don't leave callers on hold
    • End the call professionally
    • You will have developed a rapport with a caller in a brief space of time - how you end the call can either reinforce or destroy that rapport.
  • 30. CHECK YOUR CALL HANDLING TECHNIQUE
    • Seven steps to end a call professionally:
      • Confirm back the agreed details - in detail
      • Thank them - for their call/order/enquiry, etc.
      • Ask for help (if appropriate) - best time to call them next, how to find them, etc
      • Look forward to the next contact
      • Leave on a pleasant note - 'Have a good weekend' (note: avoid 'Have a nice day'!)
      • Say goodbye
      • Put the phone down - LAST Wait for the 'click' at their end. This important step is missed by most people using the telephone: - it avoids a 'cut-off' feeling - They may remember something else they wish to say
  • 31. 8. CHECK YOUR COMPLAINT HANDLING TECHNIQUE
    • Turn complaints into opportunities
      • Every company gets complaints - if they get none at all, then they are either perfect (unlikely) or they just don't do enough business!
    • Experience shows that, if a complaint is handled well, customers will be more satisfied afterwards.
  • 32. COMPLAINT HANDLING How to handle complaints
    • Listen! - allow them to let off steam; don't interrupt; note all relevant details.
    • Question for more information and clarification
    • Summarize back and gain agreement
  • 33. COMPLAINT HANDLING How to handle complaints
    • Thank them for drawing it to your attention; it diffuses the situation
    • Promise actions and a call back to advice
    • Look into the situation and get all the facts
  • 34. COMPLAINT HANDLING How to handle complaints
    • Call the customer back - keep the promise even if you have nothing to report
    • Tell the customer what will be done to put things right
    • Keep in touch until the matter is resolved - let them know of progress/delays
    • Call them after resolution to reinforce
  • 35. 9. DO IT NOW!
    • After each call:
      • Update records while it is fresh in the memory.
        • Ready for the next contact.
        • “ the faintest of ink lasts longer than the sharpest of memory”
      • Process paperwork - orders/quotes
        • Nothing gets lost
        • It avoids build-up and end of day rush Make the next call
  • 36. COMPLAINT HANDLING DO IT NOW!
    • After each call:
      • Diaries the next contact to ensure prompt follow-up
      • Make the next call
    • Tips to improve work flow
      • If sending out literature, etc, address the envelope; list what is to be included on a Post-it note, then fill the envelopes during your next break.
      • Do the same for letters confirming appointment.
      • Have set times for letter writing.
      • Keep separate trays for orders, quotes and letters